23 Dec, 2017

3 highlights from students coding their own music

By |2021-04-29T10:39:05+00:00December 23rd, 2017|School Program|

After the previous Digital Inventors program at Cheltenham Primary School, I worked on creating a new program experience that focused more on coding, but combined a different discipline to provide a unique context and purpose.  This led to the creation of the Jam Pi program which is based on the awesome Sonic Pi, which engages students in computing [...]

22 Aug, 2017

How these primary school students learnt more than coding

By |2021-04-29T10:36:38+00:00August 22nd, 2017|School Program|

"Oh no!  This is going to be SO hard!!" 11 students in Years 5-6 from Cheltenham Primary School put their hand up to tackle a new STEAM challenge - our Digital Inventors program, where they had to design and create a website to solve a problem they were passionate about. They thought they [...]

22 Apr, 2017

How coding develops essential skills to thrive in the future

By |2020-09-21T11:04:01+00:00April 22nd, 2017|School Program|

When I was growing up in high school, I always wondered about the high achievers in the traditional sense.  The type that would excel in their studies, their sports, their craft. More recently, I wondered about those that rose up the corporate ladders, built their own successful companies, or the ones who everyone seemed to [...]

23 Feb, 2017

What could students learn about digital literacy and entrepreneurship in two days?

By |2020-09-21T11:04:01+00:00February 23rd, 2017|School Program|

Over the summer holidays, I wanted to see if children could come together, in a short amount of time, to brainstorm ideas and problems they wanted to solve.  I wanted to simulate a real world environment where they had to work together and deliver their digital project at the end of two days. But, I [...]

28 Jan, 2017

Why three primary school students built a Google Chrome App for their school

By |2020-09-21T11:04:01+00:00January 28th, 2017|School Program|

I was lucky enough to work with Cheltenham Primary School to trial a digital program over two school terms, where they identified a problem they were passionate to solve - creating a safe internet environment for their school. Watch the video to hear all about the journey from: Ellen Hollowood (Grade 6 teacher and ICT [...]

10 Nov, 2016

3 strategies to engage students on digital literacy

By |2020-09-21T11:04:01+00:00November 10th, 2016|School Program|

Back in April I wrote about why and how I was going to tackle the diversity issue in tech, and was grateful for the support I received.  I’ve just completed two pilot programs over two terms, where students formed their own startup to solve a problem they were passionate about. One startup called themselves SIFE [...]

17 Apr, 2016

3 Leadership lessons that 11 year olds taught me

By |2020-09-21T11:04:01+00:00April 17th, 2016|School Program|

Earlier in the year I wrote on LinkedIn on how I was going to address the diversity issue in technology, and why I believe it’s important. I must admit before my first class I had some nerves - almost like I was about to go for a job interview.  I had no idea how the [...]

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